Thursday, April 29, 2010

tent reception?

Image via The Knot

We've just barely started looking at venues, but we're already feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the selection. One of the things we're considering is having the reception in a park under a tent. When I was little, this is what I always imagined for my wedding (probably because that's how my cousin's weddings were). I pictured my wedding to be like in the movies Father of the Bride and My Best Friend's Wedding.

Fortunately, the tent option is possible. You see, my grandparents started this little family rental business back in the 70's in Mesa. They started by running it out of their house and bartending at weddings (they also owned a liquor store back in Wisconsin before moving to Arizona). My dad started working there when he was 15 and still works there now! It is now a huge rental company in Phoenix, one of the largest actually. For my sixth birthday, we had a big tent put up in our backyard in Mesa. Talk about spoiled! My mom said planning and organizing my birthday parties was one of my favorite things to do, I'd set up the party hats and favors, put them away, and set them up again in a different arrangement. Anyways, so this whole even planning thing runs in our blood and is something that our family has been a part of for years.

This is an early picture of the family business my grandparents started. Yup, that's my dad next to the truck!

Other things we are considering is if there are hotels nearby for guests to walk to or get a cheap cab ride to after the reception and if there is plenty to do in the area where guests would be staying. I have quite a bit of out-of-town family that (we hope) are coming. Plus we have a lot of friends that will want to let loose and enjoy themselves at the reception, so it's safest to have an affordable hotel option nearby.

Here are a few other pics of tent options I like:

Can't find the source! So sorry!

Image via The Knot

Image via The Knot

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

our first gift

Last Saturday our friends Ryan, Andrea and Brianne gave us our first gift as an engaged couple. So pretty. :) Thanks guys!


I've been thinking a lot about the colors that I'd like to have at the wedding and what type of style we'd like to have. I think a lot of that will be determined once we pick the venue, but we need to figure out what style we'd like to determine which venues we look at. Here are a few pics of things I have been saving that I like:

I love the rustic style of this reception, but finding a venue with that style is the tricky part.
Image via Style Me Pretty

Love the color of these bridesmaids dresses but NO PINK! I refuse to have any spec of pink at my wedding. Pink is extremely girly and this is Mike's wedding too. :)
Image via Hello Lucky

Image via Wedding Bee

One of my favorite things to eat is cheese, cured meats and olives. I'd love to have a food station with that or even small plates of it on the tables. I love the setup of this table!
Image via Sunday Suppers

My mom and I are going to look at the first venue tonight. I'm not particularly crazy about where it is, but it looks gorgeous. I've got a few more set up next week as well. Once we have that nailed down, the rest will (hopefully) fall into place. :)

Monday, April 26, 2010

the engagement story

I know you've all been waiting for this, so here it is! The long, drawn out story of the day we got engaged.

The night before (Friday), Mike insisted that we go hiking the next morning. His reasoning was that the weather is so nice now and it will get way too hot to go soon. I suggested going to Superstition because we had never been there together before, but he insisted on going to South Mountain and he insisted that I pick him up in the morning. It was quite strange how persistent he was, so I gave in. I called my dad on the way to pick up Mike and he ended the conversation saying "Let me know how your hike goes!" Seemed strange that he would want me to tell him about our boring hike. When I went to pick him up, he was wearing cargo shorts, you know, the ones with the big pockets on the sides. I thought that was interesting since he usually hikes in basketball shorts. I obviously had been reading into every detail for months though, so I tried to convince myself that I was just over thinking everything like I always did. I actually told his mom, "I have a feeling about today" and she just smiled and me and said "I can't tell you anything!" Still, I wasn't sure.

We got to the hiking trail and struggled through most of it (I am so out of shape right now!), but what was keeping me going was thinking "If I make it to the top he might ask me!" Of course, I didn't think that would actually happen because I had thought that dozens of times before. We made our way to a particular spot and there were about 20 people spreading someone's ashes (later he told me this was the spot he planned on asking, ha!). We went a little further, towards the top in a more secluded area where you could see the entire city, it was beautiful! He looked at me, started telling me very sweet things and then got down on one knee. I immediately started crying and actually had a minor panic attack as he fumbled through his pockets for the ring. It was absolutely perfect! Just us in a very secluded area (something I had requested). On the way down, I was running off of pure adrenaline and almost ran down the mountain!

When we got into the car, it was a strange feeling..."Is this really happening? How do we tell people? Who do we tell first?" I called my parents to see if we could stop by, but of course they weren't at home and were both at different places. I pretty much told them to meet us at their house, they knew what was up. :) First we went to Mike's house to tell his mom. I hid my hand so she couldn't see the ring and we fooled her for a few minutes. Then Mike said "Have you met my fiance?!" Wow, she was SO excited! Then we went to my parents for lunch and told them. They were very excited as well, but they had known for a bit then (Mike went in to my dad's work to 'ask' him). After that we went to Mike's dad's work and surprised him there with the news.

It was a beautiful day – a day I will always remember. The coolest thing is, we now have a 'spot' and one day we can take our kids to the actual spot where we got engaged. :)

This is right after we got engaged. (Yes, I brought my camera on purpose!)

And the ring, I love it!

We're still getting used to calling each other fiance and seeing a big diamond on my hand. We are starting a whole new phase in our relationship, we are so excited about it. Right now we're thinking the wedding will be next year April!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

our blog

Hello and welcome! This is the beginning of the story of our engagement and married life. Most of the blog will be written by me, Jana, but maybe I will be able to convince Mike to write a post or two. :) I'm so excited to blog about our wedding planning and marriage! I'm hoping this will be a great way for our friends and family (especially all those out of state aunties) to keep up with what's going on with us. Enjoy!